R.U.R.: Robots vs Man in a Retro-Futuristic Musical

Alliance for New Music-Theatre in partnership with The President Woodrow Wilson House continues its year-long inaugural series of lively cultural evenings in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood.

On Wednesday, February 15 for our third evening of “Theatre and Conversation” we will present R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical, an intimate reading with music based on the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek in a music-theatre adaptation by composer Maurice Saylor and director Susan Galbraith.

Join us on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm at

The President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St NW.

Register here for tickets ($20)


R.U.R.: Robots vs. Man in a Retro-Futuristic Musical takes us “back to the future” in a new musical adaptation, unveiling the ideas behind a play written in 1920 by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, who introduced the word “robot” to the world. The prescience of the work will engage today’s audiences, as its focus is very much part of our global conversation: Will the combination of a robotic workforce and artificial intelligence liberate mankind from economic drudgery or will it become a superior force that threatens to overcome the human race?

Last Fall, the Alliance presented the work as a reading at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage and at the Czech Embassy as part of Mutual Inspirations Festival. The next phase of the project will challenge composer Maurice Saylor and writer Susan Galbraith with performers Nick DePinto, Meghan McCall, Pam Bierly Jusino, Ari Jacobson, and John Boulanger to “go underground” – literally! – preparing for a performance run at Dupont Underground this season. We filmed excerpts of the show “in process” in Dupont Underground in September 2016 that will be edited and released shortly.

Early reading at the Czech Embassy for Mutual Inspirations Festival, September 2015

R.U.R Flyer